Light Work’s Urban Video Project (UVP) is pleased to present a special indoor screening of Ben Russell’s latest feature-length film Good Luck at the Everson Museum of Art on Thursday, April 19, 2018.



Due to the length of the piece, the reception will precede the film at 5pm.

The screening, opening with an introduction by the filmmaker, will start promptly at 5:30pm.  


Ben Russell will join us in-person to introduce the film and for a brief  a Q&A following the screening. Please note that we will be starting this event at 5:30pm to accommodate the film’s 140 minute duration.


FREE & OPEN to the public.


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This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition of the related new work Good Luck (Portraits) commissioned for UVP’s outdoor architectural projection venue on the Everson Museum Plaza from April 12 -May 26, 2018.


The screening will take place in a wheelchair accessible auditorium. The film is subtitled for all spoken dialogue. CART services for the intro and Q&A portions are available upon request by 4/9. For more information, call: 315-443-1369 or email:


About the Work

Good Luck

TRT: 143 min.

super-16mm transferred to HD video; 5.1 surround



Filmed between a state-owned large-scale underground mine in the war-torn state of Serbia and an illegal mining collective in the tropical heat of Suriname, Good Luck is a visceral non-fiction portrait of hope and sacrifice in a time of global economic turmoil.


Beginning with a 600-meter descent into the depths of the earth, Good Luck shines a flashlight onto the human face of labor in the time-warp’d working conditions of an underground state-owned mine in Serbia.  The hiss of oxygen cuts through the diesel rumble, the walls of the office vibrate with explosions two levels below; war-torn and half-forgotten, these miners’ physical struggle finds its mirror a continent away – in the tropical heat of an illegal Surinamese gold mine.  The water pumps roar under the blinding sun; silver liquid rolls across the hand of a Saramaccan Maroon as he adds mercury to dirt in a never-ending search for gold.


Formed between dark and light, cold and heat, North and South, Good Luck immerses its viewer in the precarious natural and social environments of two distinct labor groups so as to better understand the bonds that men share. Here is the human foundation of capital, revealed.


About the Artist

Ben Russell (b.1976, USA) is an artist and filmmaker whose work lies at the intersection of ethnography and psychedelia. His films and installations are in direct conversation with the history of the documentary image, providing a time-based inquiry into trance phenomena and evoking the research of Jean Rouch, Maya Deren and Michael Snow, among others. Russell received a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, a FIPRESCI International Critics Prize (IFFR 2009) for his first feature film Let Each One Go Where He May. His second feature film, A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (co-directed with Ben Rivers), premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2013. Curatorial projects include Magic Lantern (Providence, USA, 2005-2007), BEN RUSSELL (Chicago, USA, 2009-2011), and Hallucinations (Athens, Greece, 2017). He currently resides in Los Angeles. In the summer of 2017 he was an exhibiting artist in documenta 14.


Artist’s website:


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All Urban Video Project events at the Everson Museum of Art are made possible through the Everson Museum’s generous in-kind support.


Screening + Q&A with
Ben Russell:
Good Luck

  • Dates:

    Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • Times:

    5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Location:

    Everson Museum of Art
    Hosmer Auditorium
    401 Harrison Street
    Syracuse, NY
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